Theatre Director Barry Edelstein on Making Art with Limitations
From The Quarantine Tapes Podcast with Paul Holdengräber
Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.
On Episode 112 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by Barry Edelstein, the artistic director at the Old Globe in San Diego. Barry and Paul explore some of the ways the Old Globe has found to continue making theatre under the restrictions of the pandemic. Barry believes that theatre is a public good. He tells Paul about how one of the challenges of the past few months has been discovering how to continue bringing this art form to as wide an audience as possible. Barry and Paul dig into what Barry fears might be lost for theatre in the wake of the pandemic as well as what programming the Old Globe hopes to continue beyond the constraints of this moment. Then, they touch on how theatre is responding to the Black Lives Matter movement, the new hybrid forms cropping up to fill the void left by traditional theatre, and the production Barry is most looking forward to putting on when theatre returns.
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